Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP)

The hall, called Hallen, at Dramatikkens hus

Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting (NCNP, established January 1 2010) is a national development and resource centre for new dramatic writing. NCNP puts the emphasis on pre-production and involves the utmost theatre professional competence to cultivate new drama of high quality. Theatre institutions and independent performing arts companies complete, produce and program the results of the development done by Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting. Thus NCNP wishes, in collaboration with the full theatre community to tailor collaboration models to increase the share of new Norwegian drama texts allowed to meet an audience. In other words, the development within NCNP takes place in dialogue with the field of theatre.

NCNP provides means and resources to professional artists as support in writing processes, artistic discussion partners/dramaturge assignations and access to stage venues; workshops and performances. Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting has its own group of dramaturges. They process applications as they are entered. As of now, the group of dramaturges consists of Ole Johan Skjelbred, Matilde Holdhus, Kristina Kjeldsberg, plus 15-20 other dramaturges working on a per project basis.

NCNP receives financial support from The Ministry of Culture and the municipality of Oslo.

The productions linked to through this page are productions that are co-produced by NCNP. If you want to see complete performance listings, please look at the entries of each venue.

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The Puppetry Company Dukkenikkerne

Fotografi fra Dukkenikkernes produksjon "Alt & Ingenting"

Dukkenikkerne was established in Bodø in 1985 and in 1993 the leading force Jack Markussen moved the company to Bergen. The puppetry company Dukkenikkerne has produced more than 30 productions throughout the years and since the start in Bergen the company has had its own workshop in the city centre.

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Perleporten Teatergruppe

Poster for Perleporten Teatergruppe's production The last cry (1983)

Perleporten Teatergruppe was a collectively led company founded by Birgit Christensen, Karl Hoff and Catrine Telle in Oslo March 1975.

From 1969 to 1972 the three were pupils at the upper secondary school Hartvig Nissen Skole in Oslo, graduating from the drama department, with Maja Lise Rønneberg Rygg as their teacher in drama, Norwegian and theatre history. After finishing upper secondary school they all got some more education and work experience within theatre in Norway and abroad, prior to reuniting in Oslo in March 1975. This was a dream they had carried since they finished Nissen in 1972.

Perleporten was known for its leftist, radical political theatre. The company produced eight theatre productions during the nine years of existence (1975-1983). The first production was Faren satt på første benk og moren satt på annen og Knoll og Tott på galleri og lo som bare faen* (The father sat in the first row, the mother in the second, and the Katzenjammer Kids sat on the balcony and laughed like f**k from 1975, the last was The last cry from 1983.

The company name would mean Pearly Gates Theatre Company in direct translation.

*Not yet translated into English. The title within parentheses is the Norwegian title's literal meaning.

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